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Continental Divide

Continental Divide
Image: National Geographic/Ralph Bell

Continental Divide

From one side, all water flows west; from the other, it all flows east.

Explore the globe’s continental divides — the mountain ridges that separate watersheds and direct which way water flows before reaching the end of the land.

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Continental Divide National Scenic Trail

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Continental Divide of the United States

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Zoom in, zoom out, and select streams, precipitation averages, and other elements on this map highlighting the U.S. Continental Divide. Click the link under Map Maker Sample. More...

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Hundreds of hikers set out to GPS-map thousands of miles of the Continental Divide Trail. Watch their videos of scenic vistas and wildlife encountered along the way. More...

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